Aerospace Testing Facilities in India

Aerospace Testing Facilities available in India

  Title of the Aerospace Test
Micro Air Vehicle Aerodynamic Research Tunnel - MART
  Name of the Organisation
  Name of theLab
National Aerospace Laboratories - NAL
  Place of the Lab
  Category of Aerospace Test Wind Tunnel Testing
  Sub-category of Aerospace Test NA
  Year of Establisment 2013
  Test Applications
A Special purpose wind tunnel for the Aerodynamics,Propulsion and Aero-elastic characterization of Fixed, Flapping and Rotatory wings.
Closed and Open test section to facilitate flapping wing study Betz chamber for tethered bird/insect studies. Gust generation mechanism to simulate wind gust inside test section for the study of      effectiveness of atmospheric gust on MAV.
  Test Special Features
 Type - Open Circuit, Suction
Contraction Ratio - 9:1
Test Section: 
Closed Jet : 0.8mx1.2mx2.5m,  and  
Open Jet : 0.8mx1.2mx1.0m
Betz chamber - 3m x 2.8m x 2.8m
Gust mechanism - Horizontal gust, louvers-based

Flow Characteristics:
Velocity Range – Closed Test Section : 1-45m/s;Open Test Section :1-25m/s
Mean Flow Velocity Variation - ±0.1%  
Flow Angularity -< 0.1deg
Free-stream Turbulence Intensity  - < 0.18 %
Gust - Horizontal velocity 1-10 m/s

  Other Test Information
 Excellent flow quality, good flow stability, low free stream turbulence level
The open test section has an advantage of having no boundary layer effects and reflections due to wall during flapping/rotary wind studies 
The tunnel also has a novel feature of generating gust that would simulate the atmospheric turbulence during MAV flights for understanding their dynamic response. 
Micro Air Vehicle Unit - MAV
  Contact Person / Institution
The Director 
National Aerospace Laboratories,  Kodihalli 
Bangalore - 560 017 
Contact No.: +91- 080-25086001
Fax No.: +91- 080-25269611
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